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Blu-ray Review: Overlord

February 7, 2019 | By Herija Green | Comments (0)
OverlordProbably not a great idea.

Given the popularity of Activision’s Nazi zombies phenomenon it’s actually rather surprising that it has taken so long for something using a similar concept to make its way to theaters. That something is Overlord, and with J.J. Abrams behind the project there was plenty of reason for optimism despite a mostly unknown director (Julius Avery) and a distinct lack of household names in the cast. Was our optimism misplaced? Time to fire it up and find out.

THE PLOT

Less than 24 hours before D-Day, a squad of US paratroopers is deployed with orders to take out a Nazi radio tower, thus allowing air support for the landing. Their plane is hit by anti-air fire, however, scattering the few remaining survivors and leaving only a skeleton crew to carry out the mission: Boyce (Jovan Adepo; The Leftovers), Ford (Wyatt Russell; Everybody Wants Some!), Tibbet (John Magaro; Carol) and Chase (Iain De Caestecker; Agents of SHIELD).

Upon arriving in the French village, the crew encounter Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier), a local that grudgingly offers to aid them in their mission. While it quickly becomes clear that something is wrong in the town, the soldiers have no idea until Boyce gets separated looking for survivors and ends up below the church that houses the radio tower. There he discovers signs of monstrous experiments being conducted on the hapless villagers taken by the Nazis.

After the team captures a Nazi officer (Pilou Asbaek; Game of Thrones) and interrogates him for information, he breaks free and kills one of the American soldiers. Boyce, having grabbed a syringe from the lab, decides to inject his squadmate, shockingly bringing him back to life. With the stakes now raised, the makeshift group must overcome long odds and not only take out the tower, but the underground facility as well.

THE GOOD

For a largely anonymous cast, the principles deliver solid performances. At the top of the list is Jovan Adepo, who does a great job portraying a reluctant soldier that rises to the moment. His reactions to the insanity around him and ability to maintain his humanity help ground the film in real emotion even as things veer further and further into sci-fi. Character development is a definite strength here, and it actually makes you care about what happens to the soldiers.

We already knew Piloi Asbaek could play a menacing villain from his turn as Euron Greyjoy, and he delivers the goods once again as the Nazi officer. He’s sleazy when he’s leveraging his power over Chloe to extract unwanted sexual favours from her. He’s arrogant when he’s holding up to abuse in American hands. And finally he’s vindictive when the tables are turned. There’s no doubt he’ll get more roles like this in the future.

Beyond the performances, Overlord does an effective job of building suspense in the early going and then transitioning to some good action set pieces later on. The film is judicious with its green screen usage, keeping everything feeling gritty and real. Plus, when the time does come for CGI it’s really well done — the late sequence with Boyce trying to escape from an explosion looks completely legit, which is impressive.

THE BAD

We weren’t big fans of Paul, Chloe’s kid brother. His presence, which is essentially to raise the personal stakes, feels unnecessary, and we could’ve done without him. Overlord also fails to give Dr. Schmidt, the man behind all the horrible experimentation, much screen time and, as a result, personality. It feels like a wasted opportunity.

THE BONUS FEATURES

All of the extras are bundled under “The Horrors of War,” which contains numerous behind-the-scenes footage, cast and director interviews, and the usual “making of” fare. It’s slickly produced and informative, so if you enjoy those kinds of extras you’ll be well served here. There are no deleted scenes or anything of that nature, however.

OVERALL

Conceptually interesting and very well executed, Overlord gives you characters to care about, underhanded Nazis to root against and a strong mix of atmosphere and action.

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Blu-ray Review: Nobody’s Fool

February 5, 2019 | By Herija Green | Comments (0)
Haddish is relentlessly hunting for laughs from her first scene until the last, and while some of her shtick falls short in a way it didn’t in Girls Trip — where her screen time was handed out more judiciously and she had better talent around her — she’s still the best part of the film.
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Video Game Review: Life is Strange 2, Episode 2

February 4, 2019 | By Mike Chen | Comments (0)
As Daniel comes to grips with having powers, Sean is burdened with being the role of a guardian. He must teach Daniel right from wrong, which is difficult given the many gray areas they face in the name of survival. At the same time, Daniel has extraordinary powers that can project his emotions outward — for rescue, for vengeance, or for other extreme emotions.
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The Wire Troll: Casey Mittelstadt Finally Showing Some Life

February 2, 2019 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Niemi hasn’t been as sharp as he was with the Habs last season, but he does have a sub-3.00 GAA at home and had looked very good in three straight starts before the resurgent Flyers torched him his last time in net.
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Video Game Review: Resident Evil 2

January 31, 2019 | By Herija Green | Comments (0)
Give Capcom credit, it knows how to update its classics. Remade from the ground up for modern consoles, Resident Evil 2 on the Xbox One X is a quantum leap forward, comfortably outdoing the excellent work when the original Resident Evil was redone for Gamecube. The developers deftly walk the line of keeping the bones of RE2 circa 1998 while adding and expanding in ways that make sense. It looks spectacular.
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